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Former VI hospital CEO’s housing allowance questioned in court

Virgin Islands Daily News, May 20, 2011

Prosecutors this week raised questions about the money Rodney Miller Sr. obtained in housing allowances, while the defense fired back, eliciting testimony suggesting a possible explanation for multiple versions of Miller's 2005 employment contract that were admitted as evidence the previous day. The action came as testimony entered its third day in V.I. Superior Court in the corruption trial of former Schneider Regional CEO Miller and three other former Schneider Regional officials. The money that Miller is accused of fraudulently taking under the guise of housing allowances is the basis for several charges in the 50-count charging document, including three against Miller, one against former CFO Peter Najawicz and five against former hospital board chairwoman June Adams. Among other things, Miller is accused of fraudulently obtaining a check from the hospital for a $45,500 advance on his housing allowance - when the annual housing allowance in his contract actually was $20,000 - and then continuing to collect his housing allowance installment payments anyway.